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Alton Telegraph Newspaper Archive: November 1, 1996 - Page 43

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   Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - November 1, 1996, Alton, Illinois                                THE TELEGRAPH ELECTION96 1996 1 3 Shimkus and Hoffman split on how to reduce deficit By SANFORD SCHMIDT Telegraph staff The race to succeed Richard Durbin pits two candidates trying to outdeficit each Republican John Shimkus is a defender of supplyside economics as a means to cut the deficit The theory holds that by cutting taxes and government revenue will grow through growth in the Its not a theory its a he His Democrat Jay Ithink first of we have to balance the but the question is how to balance the Hoffman and Shimkus are seeking the seat in the House from the 20th Congressional formerly held by who is running for Shimkus said the problem with the budget approach in the 1980s under President Reagan is that taxes were but spending grew and the result was the tremendous federal He would support an acrosstheboard tax cut as proposed by presidential candidate Bob Dole but would be open to negotiating how Balancing the federal budget by the most important job that has to be he By doing interest rates will fall by two percentage which means lower house lower car payments and a stronger If the government can reduce the arid more money can be freed up for spending on government he On the other side of the Shimkus proposes drastically reducing spending by eliminating entire federal namely the Department of the Department of Energy and a large chunk of the Department of There is a credible argument that the Department of Commerce does nothing but cost us The Department of Energy has no major he Congress has cut defense spending in the wrong eliminating needed personnel and programs and keeping expensive defense contracts that the military did not ask for but which are of political benefit to members of he Shimkus is serving his second term as Madison County Before he was a teacher at Metro East Lutheran High School and an officer in the He lists among his other positions on federal issues support of line item against gun against sending troops to supports 12year maximum for both Senate and House and against federal benefits to illegal a lawyer and threeterm state said the State employee challenging incumbent Hannig in 98th race By TOM WRAUSMANN Telegraph staff writer A 26yearold state employee is taking on 18year incumbent state Gary a for the 98th Illinois House District Rodney the Republican is on a paid leave of absence from his job with the Illinois Secretary of States Office in order to run his Davis has been a precinct committeeman for Christian County since Davis said his top priorities are jobs and which he believes are Quality education is the key to getting a good he Too many kids graduate who cant read a He said the state needs to find a longterm solution for better school Davis is also developing a comprehensive jobs plan to attract businesses and employees to the The marketing plan would be put on the Internet and on paper letting people know what the district has to he Ive seen too many of my friends have to go away to get good he Until we market what we have it is not going to an assistant Democratic leader in the state House of said he will continue to be a strong voice in the General Assembly for downstate Im also proud that Ive never missed a day in he Someone recently said Ive got my own Cal Ripken record He said he is also proud of his along with state Vince and to help pass legislation allowing utility companies like Commonwealth Edison to get involved in private He said this helped the utility company contribute to getting a new fertilizer plant built in Macoupin County using coal from area Its hard to get a contract now with the federal Clean Air he COGA Industries of Chicago plans to complete the plant near Girard within a few Monsanto EnviroChem of Louis recently signed a contract to construct the million He said he also worked hard to get a vocational training center built in Gillespie for handson vocational training such as plumbing and electrical skills and computer Hannig saidhe also Campaign 20th Congressional Seat C A M P A I G N Jay Hoffman John Shimkus Age 34 Hometown Collinsville Education bachelors Illinois State University juris Louis University Family wife two daughters Years in elected office six Age 38 Hometown Collinsville Education bachelors West Point teaching Christ Family wife two sons Years In elected office seven Republican economic arguments wont I want to cut but the problem with supply side economics and the trickledown theory is that it increased the deficit by two or three Hoffman Rather than an acrosstheboard tax he would target tax cuts to the people that need it He accused including of trying to balance the budget on the The Telegraph backs of middleclass families and the The Republican he would cut student Medicaid and drugfree education while cutting taxes by for individuals who make a He would cut spending by reducing pork barrel military He specifically mentioned the Shimkussupported B2 98th Representative District C A M P A I G N Gary Hannig Photo not available Rodney Davis Age 44 Hometown Litchfield Education bachelors University of Illinois Family wife Betsy Years in elected office 18 Age 26 Hometown Taylorville Education bachelors Milllken University Family wife Shannon Years in elected office newcomer helped bring a learning center to Litchfield that offers courses through Lincoln Land Community based in Id also like to see the state put together a program to fund schools at the level they he He said Republicans in the The Telegraph General Assembly proposed flat grants that would not be good for downstate They would be good for the wealthier school districts but bad for the relatively poor ones he We shouldnt send million to wealthy schools at our   

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